The Reliability Forecast report contains the Observed Data report, Life Distribution report, and Forecast report. These tools help you view the current data, compare distributions to find the right fit, and then adjust factors that affect forecasting. Saving the forecast in a data table then lets you import the data into Microsoft Excel for use in financial forecasts. See Example of a Reliability Forecast for an example of the report.
The red triangle menu provides options for filtering the observed data by date and saving the data in another format. For details, see Reliability Forecast Platform Options.
The Life Distribution report lets you compare distributions and work with profilers to find the right fit. And when you select a distribution in the Forecast report, the Life Distribution report is updated. See Life Distribution section for more information about this report. Some of the options described in the Life Distribution chapter are not available in the Life Distribution report in the Reliability Forecast platform.
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Tip: If you would rather enter specific numbers than manually adjust the bars, select Spreadsheet Configuration of Risk Sets from the Forecast report red triangle menu. Spreadsheet Configuration of Risk Sets describes this feature.
Rightclicking a blue bar and selecting Exclude removes that risk set from the forecast results. You can then rightclick and select Include to return that data to the risk set.
When you adjust production in the left graph, the right graph is updated to estimate future failures (Adjust the Forecast Period). Dragging a hotspot lets you change the forecast period. The orange line then shortens or lengthens to show the estimated failure counts.
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To forecast failures for a different contract period, enter the number next to Use Contract Length. Change the time unit if necessary.

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To change the distribution fit, select a distribution from the Choose Distribution list. The distribution is then fit to the future graph of future risk. The distribution fit appears on the Life Distribution report plot, and a new profiler is added. Note that changing the distribution fit in the Life Distribution report does not change the fit on the Forecast graph.

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If you are more interested in the total number of failures over time, select Cumulative Counts. Otherwise, JMP shows failures incrementally, which might make trends easier to identify.

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To remove an existing time period from analysis, highlight the period in the Existing Risk area, click, and then select Exclude. Or select Include to return the period to the forecast.

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To add a production period to the forecast, rightclick in the Future Risk area and select one of the Append options. (Append Rows adds one row; Append N Rows lets you specify the number of rows.)

Shows or hides confidence limits on the graph. This option works the same as selecting Show Interval next to the graphs.
After you select Show Interval, the Forecast Interval Type option appears on the menu. Select one of the following interval types:
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Plugin Interval considers only forecasting errors given a fixed distribution.

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Prediction Interval considers forecasting errors when a distribution is estimated with estimation errors (for example, with a nonfixed distribution).

If the Prediction interval is selected, the Prediction Interval Settings option appears on the menu. Approximate intervals are initially shown on the graph. Select Monte Carlo Sample Size or Random Seed to specify those values instead. To use the system clock, enter a missing number.
Determines whether the specified contract length is considered in the forecast. This option works the same as selecting Use Contract Length next to the graphs.